A Happy Feng Shui Chinese New Year
Celebrations for the Chinese New Year kick off this weekend. And that means everyone from China to Chinatown will be welcoming the Year of the Snake. The most cunning and intelligent of the Chinese zodiac, the snake symbolizes a 2013 full of creative energy and successes.
“The snake represents wisdom, intelligence and self-control,” writes traditional feng shui consultant, Kathryn Weber on her website. “The snake also represents the ability to strike at will, quickly and powerfully. We will see some big changes in the year ahead – many difficult, many wonderful.”
To prepare yourself for the auspicious energies of the new year and ward off negativity, Weber says you should focus on the feng shui of the living room. Central to family life, the living room can shower influence on the other parts of the house.
“Small feng shui changes can ward off a variety of problems from health and illness problems to loss of money and opportunities,” writes Weber. “Handling the negative annual energies means you can focus full on activating the year’s energies — and the Snake has lots to offer in the year ahead!”
The first step is to create a room the family wants to be in. Werber suggests arranging sofas and seats so they face each other, encouraging conversations and relationships. Along these lines, she also advises hanging a group photo from happy times in the living room, a reminder of the family bond.
Adding elements of red and gold to your living room can also boost feng shui. The colors together create a calm atmosphere, with red in particular having extra special benefits. The color is associated with the ‘yang’ of the yin and yang, a symbol of positive energy. A vase of red carnations, or an antique rug with reds could do the trick.
While it may all sound a bit superstitious the Chinese have hailed the practice of feng shui for centuries. As New Year is their most important traditional holiday, there seems no better time to dip a toe into the symbolic practices of their past.
Check the slideshow below for a few of our favorite antique Chinese rugs to help inspire your Year of the Snake!